I haven't built a computer since 2003, mostly due to the fact that I was in the Navy for about 8 and a half years. I really never could find the time, nor stay in one place. Now that I'm back living a civilian life, it's time to build a machine right for my needs.
Enter The Predator Workstation.
I am a professional photographer working for law enforcement on a daily but I have multiple media projects varying from large to small productions on the side. They tend to involve photography, filmmaking, or both. I needed something beefy to handle 4k video deliverables on Premiere/After Effects as well as handling multilayered images in Photoshop.
CPU: Intel i7-5820k Processor - With its 6-core setup, this handled pretty much all my processing needs. Powerful yet not breaking the bank.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Due to the fact that overclocking my CPU was going to be a thing I wanted to do, it made sense to go Liquid Cooling. Newegg also had a great deal when I bought it! I was worried I didn't set this thing up right but after seeing the Link Software, I'm glad I got everything put together as it should be. Make sure you have enough room in your case for this badboy!
Motherboard: MSI X99A Raider - I knew I wanted an X99 setup from the start. It just made sense to me. The X99A Raider was a perfect choice due to it's value. Under $200 and performing just as well as its more pricey counter parts. I just wish there was another USB 2.0 header for my case. The cooler took the only one that came with it. However, I see myself using the two USB 3.0 slots more anyways...
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V - My first venture to DDR4 and there are many choices! I figured I'd go with something more current and get the 3200 version instead of the 2400 ones. Just a small future proof side of things. I also plan on adding 2 more 8GB sticks in the near future.
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB - Originally I wanted everything in one drive and just go off of external hard drives for projects. Now it looks like I'm going to need more of these badboys. I want to get at least 2 more SSDs (maybe both 1TB) and get one 4TB 5400 6Gb/s for exported projects. Oh and the speed? Amazingly fast. I've never used a SSD before!
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 - Almost a no brainer when it comes to upgrading to the latest tech. The reason why I didn't get a 1080 was because I didn't see the need for what I was going to do. 8GB of GDDR5 was enough to render anything I threw at my projects (well I shouldn't say anything, hah). The build quality and performance of this card has blown me away. Also, thanks to the new Adobe Premiere update and this card, I'm able to edit my RED Raven camera R3Ds natively. A big plus for my type of work. Oh and I can still play all my favorite games at Ultra and Extreme!
Case: NZXT H440 Razer Edition - I have to admit that the hardest decision to make was to figure out what case I wanted to put all this into. I looked at so many! It really boiled down to the Fractal Design R5 or this H440 build. I think what pushed me was all the light accents (green!) and the fact that it comes with 4 fans!
Monitor: Acer Predator X34 - An amazing monitor with a hefty price tag! Paired with G-Sync, this lets me casually play my favorite games in EPIC proportions. The size and quality also help A LOT while editing photos and videos. I just have a lot more real estate when it comes to multitasking and field of view. A bit overkill, but I had to splurge somewhere =)